Germany’s flag carrier Lufthansa has canceled 800 flights worldwide after a day’s strike by pilots, leaving about 700 passengers stranded at the T3 terminal at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI). rice field. The stranded passengers and their relatives staged strong protests at Delhi airport last night.
Information was received at IGI Airport at 12:15 am, saying that a crowd was gathering on the main road in front of the departure gates of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 at IGI Airport. Upon arriving at the scene, about 150 people were in the crowd demanding refunds or alternative arrangements for relatives who were inside the terminal building, according to airport police.
Lufthansa has two canceled flights from Delhi to Frankfurt and Munich on Friday.
“Following an inquiry, we have learned that two Lufthansa flights have been cancelled. LH 761 (Delhi to Frankfurt) is scheduled to depart at 2:50 am with 300 passengers, while another Lufthansa flight LH 763 (Delhi to Munich) is scheduled to depart with 400 passengers, 1:10 am has been cancelled,” the official said.
“Both flights have been canceled by Lufthansa headquarters because all Lufthansa pilots went on strike worldwide for a day due to an evaluation,” the airport police said.
Security concerns were raised at Delhi airport last night as Lufthansa passengers were moved in the terminal building after their Lufthansa flight was cancelled.
“After inquiry, we found that most of the crowd consisted of family/relatives of the passengers of LH 761 and LH 763. When informed that the flight was canceled without prior notice, they The situation was dismayed and airport staff worked with the CISF to disperse the meeting quickly.
In a viral video, passengers were seen at the airport screaming for justice and refunds.
Germany’s Lufthansa canceled 800 flights worldwide today after the pilots’ union announced a one-day strike, affecting perhaps 130,000 passengers.
Lufthansa said “isolated cancellations or delays” on Saturday or Sunday are also possible while it works to normalize the situation.
Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) confirmed overnight that Lufthansa pilots will go on strike all day on Friday against both core passenger operations and flights by its cargo subsidiary, Deutsche News Agency DPA reported. .
The Vereinigung Cockpit has called for a 5.5% wage hike for more than 5,000 pilots this year and automatic inflation adjustments for 2023, but said the discussions had failed.
During the coronavirus crisis, Lufthansa has terminated contracts and bypassed joint agreements to start setting up new airlines on terms of lower wage levels.
Vereinigung Cockpit spokesperson Matthias Baier said: “We haven’t received enough offers today.
Michael Nigemann, Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of Labor at Lufthansa AG Germany, said: This escalation costs thousands of customers. “
According to a statement, the group is presenting an offer for a period of 18 months, during which Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo pilots will receive a base salary totaling €900 per month in two phases. This benefits salaries, especially for new hires.
Entry-level co-pilots receive an additional base salary of 18% or more for the duration of their contract, and final-level captains receive 5%. With ground staff agreement, the group has indicated its willingness to make significant wage increases.